Fallon keen to slam brake on Hawks rollercoaster

Vice-chairman Jim Fallon gives the Hawks the thumbs up after they escape relegation. Picture: Dave Haines
Vice-chairman Jim Fallon gives the Hawks the thumbs up after they escape relegation. Picture: Dave Haines
Hawks boss Lee Bradbury. Picture: Habibur Rahman (170972-31)

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Jim Fallon jumped off the Hawks’ relegation rollercoaster and vowed: Never again.

The Blue Square Bet South club’s vice-chairman looked on as his new charges escaped the drop on the final day of the season.

And he is now determined to avoid a repeat of the nerve-wracking final few weeks which brought the curtain down on the 2011-12 campaign.

Seconds after Joe Dolan’s last-gasp goal against Staines had sealed the Hawks’ survival, Fallon was on the phone to chairman Derek Pope, who was on holiday in Las Vegas.

‘Derek was ecstatic when I told him,’ said Fallon, who arrived from Southern League outfit AFC Totton in March.

‘I also told him we are never going to get ourselves into that position again.

‘It was just unbelievable. In the close season we are going to sit down, look at it all and make the necessary investment.

‘Right from the start, I want to see us challenging for promotion.

‘That is our priority and I don’t see why we can’t get up to the Blue Square Bet Premier.

‘We need to strengthen in some areas but others will only need some slight tweaking.’

Fallon is a self-confessed football fanatic who was enticed to the club by Pope.

Already, he has seen the departure of manager Shaun Gale and a last-day survival battle with Staines.

‘Anyone who wasn’t at the game missed something spectacular,’ said Fallon.

‘I’ve never seen anything like the first 25 minutes – it was non-stop action.

‘When we missed a penalty in the first half I thought we were going down. But hats off to the players who put in a fabulous shift and kept going.

‘We couldn’t have asked any more from them and they deserved everything they got in the end.

‘The last time I experienced anything like it was at the Nou Camp stadium when Manchester United came from behind to beat Bayern Munich in the Champions League final.

‘Staying up is just like us getting into a cup final.’